Cebu Bet For Binibining Pilipinas 2023 Gets Flak For Sto. Nino Costume
CEBU – Bb. Pilipinas candidate from Cebu, Joy Dacoron has received a backlash for wearing a national costume similar to that of the Santo Niño de Cebu.
Candidates for Binibining Pilipinas will compete for the Miss Globe, Miss Intercontinental, and Miss International titles. They will be crowned by Binibing Pilipinas Intercontinental Gabrielle Camille Basiano, Binibining Pilipinas International Nicole Borromeo, and Binibining Pilipinas Globe Chelsea Fernandez.
The 40 official candidates of this year’s Bb. Pilipinas pageant has been announced. The Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Inc. (BPCI) released the names in a post last February.
Based on a report from Inquirer, the religious community has criticized a Cebu-based candidate for Binibining Pilipinas for donning a national costume resembling that of the Santo Nio de Cebu. Joy Dacoron, a Cebu contestant for the national beauty pageant, shared pictures of herself wearing the controversial costume—which included a red cape, a crown, a scepter, and an orb—on her Facebook and Instagram accounts.
On Tuesday night, the same snaps were also put on the pageant’s Facebook page, but they were eventually taken down following several comments from online users describing them as blasphemous.
In a post on her Instagram account last May 16, Joy Dacoron said the costume represents peoples’ unwavering faith in the Holy Child Jesus. For her, the Santo Nio de Cebu served as a source of inspiration and fortitude. Dacoron said that the Archdiocese of Cebu had also granted authorization for the photo shoot.
According to the report, Ruben Labajo, the auxiliary bishop of Cebu, however, said that Dacoron just requested his permission to use churches as a backdrop. In a statement sent to the media on Wednesday, Labajo said, “I have no idea that they will promote the vestments of the Holy Child as national costume, and especially the Augustinian priests also did not know about it.”
Laity committee head Fe Mantuhac-Barino stated that “creativity should be guided by the Holy Spirit so the true beauty of God’s creation will come out.”
“It is important to respect culture and religion,” she added.
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